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Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 12:00pm EDT
followed, the gunman, identified as 34-year-old aaron alexis, injured eight others before being attacked and killed by police. the investigation is just beginning. >> a short while ago this was the scene in washington. defense officials, including defense secretary chuck hagel laying a wrath at the navy memorial. the wrath is next to the statue of the lone sailor, representing all of those who have served, are serving now or are yet to serve in the united states navy. chuck hagel called the shooting a tragic day for the democrat of defense, the nation's capital and the nation. >> randall pinkston joins me live from the navy yard where the search continues. >> the search for a motive conditions and the search for the method the gunman used in sneaking in weapons into a building that is said to be one of the most secure in the city. >> trying to make sense of the unthinkable. investigators and city leaders are looking for answers and information about 34-year-old aaron alexis - a gunman who shot and killed 12 and injured eight others at the washington navy yard on monday. ed. >> we don't k
Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 2:00am EDT
aaron alexis acted alone. eight others at the washington were injured. investigators announced no motive for the gunman's rage. more now from our white house correspondent. >> after a day of chaos and conflicting reports the fbi named the suspect. >> we confirm that the deceased shooter has been identified as 34-year-old aaron alexis of fort texas. >> 13 dead, including aaron alexis. as the drama unfolded president obama took time to honour the victims and comfort the family. >> these were men and women going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. they are patriots. >> the shootings took place in washington navy yard, building 197, headquarters of the sea system command. when shots ran out 3,000 men and women who worked at the navy yard were told to stay in face as an intense mann hunt was conducted. many employees were reluctant to comment when allowed to leave. >> one described a harrowing scene. >> we were hunkered down, on the floor, because we heard the previous gunshots. we heard and saw gun fires, and there were two bullet homes in the conference room. >> a dc poli
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 7:00pm EDT
have you learned about aaron alexis, heidi? >> reporter: we know he was closely tied to this restaurant behind me. it's called a happy bowl. it's a thai restaurant. and we are told that aaron lived with the owner for three years. he told us that alexis was his best friend. he said they bet at a buddhist temple not far from here. and at the time alexis had just been kicked out of his apartment. we also spoke with another friend of aaron alexis who told us he thought alexis was a happy and gentle person, though he thought a 34-year-old man shouldn't be playing violent video games, which he says alexis was a fan of. >> and heidi, just a quick question, i'm wondering if the authorities have been to visit that restaurant owner? >> indeed, tony. in fact four plane clothed investigators are inside the building as we speak. we got confirmation of that from the workers at this restaurant. and they are questioning the owner who had that very close relationship with alexis. in the interview that he gave us earlier, very revealing details of this man that he says could not have possibly
ABC
Sep 17, 2013 4:00am PDT
fbi says 34-year-old aaron alexis is behind the terror at the washington navy yard. >> we have an active shooter on the fourth floor. >> reporter: 12 people were killed and 8 injured before alexis died at the hands of police. >> we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life. >> this morning, authorities are urgently seeking the public health about aaron alexis. >> we're learning as much as we can about his recent movements, contacts and associates. >> reporter: overnight in brooklyn, the authorities questioned the suspect's family as they continue to search for a motive. alexis had a valid security clearance that had him access building 197. the horror started as the work day began. >> he came around the corner. and he fired two or three shots. >> he raised and aimed at us. and he hit high on the wall. >> reporter: the navy yard stayed on lockdown for more than six hours. the horrifying attacks felt across washington. the faa halted all flights out of reagan national airport. the suspect had a history of disturbing behavior. he was arrested in 2010, accused o
CNN
Sep 16, 2013 4:00pm PDT
special report on what we know so far. the gunman is 34 year old aaron alexis, a navy contractor who was once in the military. he opened fire at the washington navy yard this morning, sending the city in chaos. we're learning more about him including that he was arrested in seattle for an anger-fueled shooting when he was in the military. then, when he was discharged, he was allowed to come back as a contractor. we're going to be speaking to people who knew him well and his religion affiliation as a buddhist. it happened less than three miles from the white house where the flags have been lowered to half staff in honor of those killed. only one weapon has been received from the scene at this time. it was described as a long gun. we don't have details on the type of weapon. but friends of the shooter tell us that alexis was angry over not getting paid. investigators are also trying to figure out how he got into the heavily fortified navy yard. he didn't work there. he wasn't a contractor there. 3,000 people work at the oldest naval facility in the country. we have chris lawrence, tom
Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 4:00pm EDT
this time that the deceased shooter aaron alexis acted alone. >> investigators revealing more about what happened at the washington navy yard, but plenty of questions remain unanswered. arrested for gun hey related offenses and discharged from the navy in 2011 we're learning more from the navy yard shooter, aaron alexis. >>> and in colorado rescue efforts resume and residents make it back to flood-damaged homes. >>> and the role sand and sea played in the fire that destroyed dozens of businesses in new jersey. >> the fbi says they are running down every lead looking for any information on aaron alexis, the gunman who open fired on the washington navy yard. the focus today was tracking his final steps and tracking the weapons he used to kill 12 people. >> at this time we believe that mr. alexis entered building 1 7 at the navy yard with a shotgun. we do not have any information as this time that he had an ar-15 in his possession. we also believe mr. alexis may have gained access to a handgun once inside the facility, and after he began shooting. >> alexis had been employed as a contr
CNN
Sep 16, 2013 8:00pm PDT
. outfront tonight, breaking news. it's 11:00 tonight where aaron alexis opened fire this morning at the washington navy yard massacring 12 innocent people and wounding eight others. here is what we know right now. just minutes ago, washington police chief kathy lanier and mayor vincent gray spoke about those who lost their lives. this is the first time we are hearing the identity of some of those who lost their lives. the pentagon and department of defense have been careful to say we have to notify next of kin first. but you are getting information on those who suffered today with that ultimate loss. >> that's absolutely right, erin. we know these are the first names of individuals whose families have been notified after that terrible tragedy today at the washington navy yard. the names are as follows, 59-year-old michael arnold, 53-year-old sylvia frazier, kathy gaarde, john roger johnson, 50-year-old frank kohler, kenneth bernard proctor and vishnu pandit. those are the names of the individuals who died in the shooting today whose families have now been identified. authorities are sti
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 6:00pm EDT
-year-old aaron alexis katy, identified in texas. >>> serin gas used in syria. >>> thousands have been forced from their homes in colorado. it is one of the worst things we have seen in washington, d.c. that's how the city's police chief described today's shooting rampage that killed 13 people including the gunman. dozens including a police officer were hurt. and the shooting happened in building 197 of the washington navy yard. the building is just a couple of miles from the u.s. capitol. one with witness described what happened when the shooting happened. >> he was far enough down the hall where we couldn't see his face but he aimed and fired and hit high on the wall just as we were trying to leave. >> federal and local law enforcement officers rushed to the scene. people inside the building were ordered to stay there. only to be escorted out a few hours later. there are still many questions about what happened but here's what we know so far. d.c. police say at least 13 people including the gunman were killed. the city's mayor says several people were hurt. three people including a p
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 7:30pm EDT
. >>> authorities have id-ed a full-time navy reservist, aaron alexis as the shooter. he is among the 12 people dead. >>> un inspectors say they now have clear and convincing evidence that sarin gas was used in last month's attack in syria. >>> it happened this morning as 3,000 people were headed to work at the navy yard in washington, d.c. suddenly there was gunfire, and when the shooting stopped 13 people were dead including the shooter. it took place at a building known as 197. police are still on the manhunt in washington tonight, searching for possible second suspect in this morning's shooting. mike viqueira joins us live. mike? >> we're going on 12 hours ago since this drama unfolded. it precipitated a massive response from the whole alpha bet soup of police agencies. all descending on this site here, home to 3,000 employees, 200 years old in the heart of the nation's capitol. many barricaded themselves into the office, others simply ran. out of the confusion and chaos, emerged one gruesome, grim detail, 13 dead, including the shooter. >> we can confirm that the deceased shooter from this morn
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 8:00pm EDT
investigators have that may have triggered it. plus what the fbi knows by aaron alexis. >>> plus the report is in, chemical weapons were used in syria, and the un is not pointing the finger of blame. ♪ >>> disbelief and horror in washington and across "the nation" after a gunman hopes fire on a u.s. naval station. victims are still being identified. 12 are dead, at least a dozen more are injured. initially two people were thought to be helping the gunman. now authorities are reassessing its investigation. the gunman was a navy contractor, aaron alexis, 34 years old, who worked in fort worth, texas. the shooting took place in the navy yard less than two miles from the white house. let's bring in mike viqueira with more. mike? >> john in the heart of the nation's capitol, almost unthinkable what has transfired almost 12 hours ago. the police are informing us that they are going to reopen m street in southeast washington, the main artery through this part of town. they want all of the press to get up and out. massive response from law enforcement across the metropolitan area, both air and on th
Univision
Sep 17, 2013 6:30pm PDT
civiles que aarÓn alexis, uc uno de sus propios veteranos asesinÓ. el pentÁgono pidiÓ una revision global de las instalaciones de la armada y de la infanterÍa de la marina. la investigaciÓn policiaca determinÓ... en este momento creemos que aarÓn alexis, actÚo solo. el fbi agregÓ que alexis llevaba una escopeta cuando entrÓ al edificio 197 donde tuvo lugar la masacre. la comprÓ legalmente en virginia, un dÍa antes del ataque. tuvo acceso a una pistola una vez que ingresÓ al edificio. las autoridades de berna aclarar como alexis de 34 aÑos convertido en contratista de sistemas de computadoras, para la empresa the experto. a pesar que su pasado incluÍa 2 arrestos relacionados a arma de fuego. 2004 y 2010 #. en ningÚn de los casos fue sentenciado. 8 reportes como reservista de la armada. asÍ todo otorgaron una licencia honorable. ademÁs, buscÓ ayuda sicologica, en hospitales. para veteranos. se ignoraron varias seÑales de alarma, dice. >>> creo que es dÉbil yo creo que necesitamos mÁs seguridad, en los portones. y necesitamos mÁs inspecciones, porque ahora mismo, r
Univision
Sep 25, 2013 6:30pm EDT
recorrido de un hombre en una base de washington, se ve al pistolero aaron alexis ingresando a la base, y recorriendo con frialdad la base. >>la secuencia de la masacre, esta fotografia registra el momento en que aaron alexis entra a su auto en el complejo de la marina, entra manejando al edificio naval, luego camina con un morral en su hombro izquierdo, donde tenía las partes de la escopeta con la que disparo, entró, este lugar no tiene el detector demetales, lo dejo colgado en una puerta del cuarto piso, donde se piensa armo la escopeta. aquí se le ve con el arma. tiene las identificaciones que le permiten el acceso al edificio. baja por las escaleras, mirando con sigilo, se posesiona y sus víctimas al fondo corren en estampida, vemos como el asesino pego con aislante color purpura partes de la escopeta, y escribio, cosas como el final de la tormenta, duende. >>tiene rastros de rayones como si hubiera chocado. no escogio a sus víctimas, escogio al azar, y mato doce personas inocentes. >>el fbi revelo que el pistolero dejo una nota escrita, aaron alexis,escribió que había llega
CNN
Sep 17, 2013 1:00pm PDT
. >>> what were the voices in aaron alexis' head telling him before he murdered 12 people in cold blood? i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. hearing voices, sleepless nights, a history of gun arrests, pieces of the navy yard killer's back story are snapping into place, but does any of it account for his actions? the dead. we now know the names of all 12 of them and as we search for answers, we will not forget them or the three who were wounded, including a d.c. police officer who will have to fight to walk again. and alexis had a valid i.d. to get in but how did he have so much time to stalk his victims in the navy yard? a government audit claims that cost cutting may have relaxed security. our guest, a member of the house armed services committee who is demanding answers. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." we'll begin of course with the national lead. we're coming to you live from right outside the navy yard in washington, d.c., where just blocks away, 12 people lost their lives in a horrific mass shooting just 32 hours ago. the
FOX News
Sep 16, 2013 12:00pm PDT
. he is aaron alexis, 34 years old from texas. that's about all we know. we have producers and researchers now checking into his backgrounds to find out if in fact he was in the military more about exactly what his history was. again, 34-year-old aaron alex circumstance as we find out more about the shooter who was killed, we'll binge that to you -- bring that to you, and captain nash thinks it may be just one shooter, they might be looking for two, but he thinks it might be confusion. still looking for a second gunman, we'll get to that and more coming up. >>> what is the washington navey yard? one of the more important facilities in the u.s. military. the headquarters of several navy commands. we'll have a live report on that and the breaking news on the shooter and his identity. who is this guy? next on studio b. how can i be a more fun mom? hmmm. can you dance? ♪ bum ba bum ba bum ♪ bum ba bum ba bum no. no? can you make campbell's chicken noodle soup? yes! [ wisest kid ] every can has 32 feet of slurpable noodles. now that's fun. mom, you're awesome. oh yeah! ♪ bum b
FOX News
Sep 16, 2013 1:00pm PDT
month those about the shooters identified as aaron alexis, who at one time lived in texas. they're still searching for another potential shooter. continuing coverage on breaking news. i'm trace gallagher in for shepard smith. neil starts now. >> neil: the country is witnessing its deadliest mass shooting since sandy hook school and the largest since ft. hood in 2009. 13 people were killed then. it looks like 12 have been killed here, and given the severity of the injuries, we are told by hospital officials, three serious but not life-threatening. we hope it stays at that. so much we don't know. but we're getting to piece together the role of not only the killer but whether he had help, at least one other person, maybe more -- the maybe more part has been dismissed already by authorities at the scene, but jennifer griffin is now getting the latest from what authorities think might have happened here. she joins us on the phone. >> what we can confirm the shooter himself, aaron alexis, is dead. he was killed inside building 197 in the navy yard. the navy yard is still in lockdown, the
ABC
Sep 25, 2013 11:00pm EDT
look at aaron alexis as he moves around the building. it was cut on surveillance camera. he thought he was being controlled by electromagnetic waves. tom? theonight come in light of information released, it was obvious aaron alexis was severely ill when he entered the navy yard. they question how things were allowed where he could bring a shotgun here. ♪ tonight, different faiths prayed are those who were hurt in the mass shooting. >> we are thinking about them. >> the d.c. mayor grew fiery. gun laws still cannot stop a mentally ill man from buying a gun in virginia and killing 12 people in d.c. >> the only restaurant is -- the only question is -- >> we are truly heartbroken. >> authorities released new information and video of the shooter, aaron alexis. he arrived at the parking garage in the morning. .e entered the building over the next hour, he scours the building, looking for victims. in this video, he is caring his shotgun around and looking for people to kill at random. >> there is no evidence at this point to indicate he targeted anyone he worked for or with. >> authority
Al Jazeera America
Sep 18, 2013 1:00pm EDT
. former navy reservist aaron alexis had clearness to work on navy bases despite behavior. >> review critical access procedures. the highest responsibility these leaders have is to take care of their people. our people deserve safe and secure workplaces. wherever they are. >> randall pinkston is live in washington with the latest developments. randall? >> richelle, the commander of the washington navy yard said they're taking steps to reopen the facility to employees who have not been allowed in after monday's shooting. however, building 197, the navy sea systems command, that will remain closed as authorities continue to collect evidence. today for the first time we have reaction from the mother of aaron alexis. she apologized to the families of the murder victims. >> my son alexis has murdered 12 people and wounded several others. his actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on families of victims. i don't know why he did what he did. aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone. for that i am glad. to families of the victims i am so very sorry that th
ABC
Sep 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
associated press that aaron alexis was suffering a host of serious mental issues including paranoia and a sleep disorder and he was hear voices. the veteran's administration was treating him since august. he had a criminal history after being arrested in 2010 for firing a gun through his apartment cerealing and arrested in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a car at the time he said high was in an anger-fueled black wrought and discharmed from the navy serve for misconduct. that was actually an honorable discharge. his friends are saying he was a buddhist. >> he was a good guy, what i know. when he was with me, nothing to show he would be aggressive or he would shoot someone. >> he was killed in a shootout with police. police were searching for possibly two other shooters but now they believe aaron alexis acted alone. >> this morning we know the names of eight of the 12 people killed yesterday. one was 59-year-old mike arnold, a graduate of the stanford university graduate school of business. >> we do have eight names that have been released this only of the victims. michael arnold. gra
CBS
Sep 25, 2013 11:00pm EDT
the eyes of aaron alexis prowling with his sawed off remington shotgun darting towards people. >> there are multiple indicators that alexis held a delusional belief he was being controlled or influenced. >> their rates are up to 50% lower than what was available previously. >> obamacare isn't working. >> both sides have just days to agree on a new spending plan to avoid a partial government shutdown that looms after october 1st. >> d.c. mayor vincent gray refuses to submit a plan for keeping most d.c. employees at home should most federal agencies be forced to shut down. >> we are indicating that all of our workers will be deemed essential. >> we're actually tracking clouds and a few showers south and west of town moving north. some could get close to us later tonight. we're watching this system off the coast. >> he was prince george's county mother daughter serial killer, jason scott sentenced for another of his home invasion break-ins. scott had 85 years tacked onto his 100 year sentence. >> welcome to the virginia gubernatorial debate. >> let it be women's health centers wh
Telemundo
Sep 16, 2013 6:30pm PDT
podrÍa agarrar a gwalguien. >>> el pistolero que muriÓ fue identificado como aarÓn alexis originalmente de forth worth en texas. este sargento de la fuerza aÉrea de estados unidos de origen mexicano, no se des prendÍa del lugar. y es que su esposa de 20 aÑos, trabaja allÍ. >>> me mandÓ un test por el telÉfono y no mÁs me dijo que estaban en un cuarto y no podÍa ir y no podÍa hablar mucho. >>> en la base, trabajan upa !s 3.000 personas. y cuando comenzÓ la balacera, muchos re kwaoen llegaron a sus of zinhas hay reportes de quienes se escondieron debajo de sus escritorios otros salieron huyendo del edificio. incluso hubo quienes recibieron mensajes de texto, de sus colegas, de que no se acercaran a las instalaciones. >>> entre estos Últimos, ana johnston. >>> dijeron que no me dejarÍan entrar porque habÍa un tiroteo y un movimiento bien feo en el sitio. >>> carlos lÓpez, que se hospeda en un hospital cercano, dijo que el sonido de la sirena los despertÓ esta >>> estamos en esas fechas cercanas al 9/11. me preocupÉ que podrÍa haber alguna relaciÓn. >>> el presidente barac
CBS
Sep 18, 2013 11:00pm PDT
would have been missed with the navy yard shooter. >> reporter: sources say aaron alexis left behind two short praises on the side of the -- phrases on the side of the shotgun used. one of the messages reads better off this way. the other is more cryptic, my elf epien. elf might be a reference to the radio waves the navy uses to communicate with submarines and it may relate to a strange incident that happened six weeks ago in rhode island. aaron alexis complained to police stockers were using a machine to send vibrations into his body. investigators took a report and forwarded it to navy officials and it was never passed up the chain of command and aaron alexis was on partial disability for orthopedic issues. he received disability benefits, $395 a month but the va refuted claims he received treatment for mental health issues saying he never sought an appointment. his mom released this statement today. >> my son aaron alexis has murdered 12 people and wounded several others. his actions had a profound effect on the families of the victims. i don't know why he did what he did a
CBS
Sep 16, 2013 5:30pm PDT
identified as aaron alexis, a 34-year-old navy reservist who also worked as a navy contractor. he does not appear to have links to terrorism and the motive for the shooting is not known. we have extensive coverage tonight from a team of correspondents. we are going to go first to chip reid at the navy yard. chip. >> well, good evening, scott, there are still a lot of unanswered questions here tonight, especially the question of why, but we do know how this tragedy unfolded. >> shortly before 8:30 a.m., minutes after the shooting began, hundreds of dc police, federal agents and emergency first responders converged on the washington navy yard, where naval employees, including todd brundage were running for their lives. >> everyone went down the stairs and pushing and shoving and people were falling down, and came outside and people were climbing the wall trying to get out over the walls, to get out of the spaces, it was just crazy. >> navy commander tim jairus was in an alley just outside of a building when a man he did not know told him there was a shooter inside. >> i said, well t
MSNBC
Sep 18, 2013 1:00am PDT
the naval yard in d.c. happened. the times reporting tonight, the apparent shooter aaron alexis, tried to buy an ar-15 military style semi-automatic rifle from a virginia gun store last week because he was stopped from buying that particular kind of weapon because of a state law that prohibits -- while he was at that gun store, he did test fire the ar-15, he expressed interest nit. but because of that state law, apparently, he instead purchased a pump action, what they call a law enforcement style remington shotgun and ammunition. and it is that loaded shotgun, officials believe that alexis brought with him into the navy facility. he used that shotgun to shoot one or more police officers immediately inside the facility. and then he took handguns from police in order to continue his assault. so he had the shotgun and two handguns, is the best understanding now of what he was armed with. he tried to get an ar-15 and could not get it from that particular shop in virginia. that's breaking from the "new york times." >>> here's something else interesting that came out late today. you'll reca
MSNBC
Sep 17, 2013 9:00pm PDT
>>> we have some breaking news from the "new york times" about a key detail about how the shooting at the naval yard in d.c. happened. the times reporting tonight, the apparent shooter aaron alexis, tried to buy an ar-15 military style semi-automatic rifle from a virginia gun store last week but he was stopped from buying that particular kind of weapon because of a state law that prohibits it. while he was at that gun store, he did test fire the ar-15, he expressed interest in it. but because of that state law, apparently, he instead purchased a pump action, what they call a law enforcement style remington shotgun and ammunition. and it is that loaded shotgun, officials believe that alexis brought with him into the navy facility. he used that shotgun to shoot one or more police officers immediately inside the facility. and then he took handguns from police in order to continue his assault. so he had the shotgun and two handguns, is the best understanding now of what he was armed with. he tried to get an ar-15 and could not get it from that particular shop in virginia. that's breaking from the "new york times." >>> here's something else interesting that came out late today. you'll recall yesterday pretty much as soon as authorities named aaron alexis as the shooter, aaron alexis, age 34 of ft. worth texas. it was the ft. worth texas police department, that released this arrest record from the time alexis was arrested there in 2010, he was arrested for discharging a firearm inside his apartment in ft. worth. other than just the weapons charge and the arrest itself, what was particularly of interest was the upstairs neighbor. saying in that police report that she was terrified of him. that was the first police report that came out very early in the day as soon as we learned he was from ft. worth. then a few hours later, yesterday afternoon, it was the police department in seattle, washington saying they too had a police report from arresting aaron alexis, this happened in 2004, when he shot out the tires of a construction worker's car. he confessed to police officers that he had done it in what he described as a rage fueled blackout. he said it did it because he felt that the construction workers on the site next to his home had disrespected him. what seemed particularly interesting about that, again, beyond just the arrest itself and the weapons charge itself. what was particularly interesting given yesterday's events was this young man's father telling the seattle police department at the time that his son had anger management issues, as well as the claim by both father and son that the younger mr. alexis had been part of rescue efforts on september 11th in new york city and that he felt he might have been scarred or stressed in some way by that experience. we still do not have any confirmation as to whether or not aaron alexis actually did take part in 9/11 rescue efforts in lower manhattan back in 2001. but nbc and the "new york times" reported that alexis was a part-time clerical worker at the burlington community college. he was there from february '01 until february '03. the ft. worth police report and the seattle police report, there were some interesting details. the fact that they were arrest records themselves was an interesting part of figuring this puzzle out. now we have another one that is very recent and very strange. it's from newport, rhode island, from just a few weeks ago. officer number 364 said that he and his partner, another officer got a call at just before 6:30 in the morning last month, it was august 7, a wednesday morning. they were called to the marriott hotel in newport, rhode island on what they call a harassment report. upon arriving on the scene, aaron alexis said that he was a naval contractor who had flown in for work. he explained to the officers that he got into a verbal am ter indication with an unknown party in the airport. he believed that the individual who he got in the argument with had sent three people to follow him and to keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations into his body. he stated that he first heard them while talking to them through a wall while at the residence inn in middletown. he then packed up and went to a hotel at the navy base, but this there he heard them talking to him through the walls, through the floor and through the ceiling. he then moved to his third hotel and he is at the marriott. the reason he has called police to his third hotel of the night to report harassment is because at this third hotel of the night that he has been to, he said that the three individuals were speaking to him through the floor. then he stated that the voices were coming through the ceiling. then he stated that the individuals are using some sort of microwave machine to send vibrations through the ceiling, penetrating his body so he cannot fall asleep. police officers taking that report at 6:00 in the morning on a wednesday this past month, they did not take any action. they told him to stay away from these people. they told him they could call the newport, rhode island, police if those people actually showed up and somebody could see them. it was two officers who respond to this guy at the hotel. one of those officers wrote up the narrative of what happened, which i just read from. but when they came back and filed that report, the sergeant read this report, of this pretty obviously hallucinating guy who moved three times in the night and called police to tell them about the microwave machines. the sergeant sees that he's calling himself a naval contractor, and decides to alert the navy. based on the naval base implications and the involved suspect was hearing voices, i made contact with on duty naval station police. i advised the naval station police of the report and of the claims by aaron alexis. i then faxed a copy of my report. they said they would follow up and determine if in fact he was a naval base contractor. it turns out he was a naval base contractor. this report about him having paranoid delusions, so motivating to him that he was calling police and staying up all night and moving three times in a night to three different hotel rooms, this happened apparently while he really was traveling for work, to various u.s. navy installations as a contractor for the united states navy who had a security keerns and had passed a background check in order to be there. since then he has worked in stafford, virginia, and of course at the navy yard in washington, d.c. the company what employed him to work on those navy installations said that had they known about the mental health implications in his background, quote, that would be a black flag, we would not have hired him. but they did. after the newport, rhode island police encountered an obviously delusional man, and that police department notified the navy that they had contractor on their hands with serious active mental problems and they faxed them the report and even after naval station police said they would look into it, apparently no one did, or if they did, nothing happened. nothing triggered anything on his employment as a contractor. nothing triggered anything in his security check or background check, none of the arrests, none of the misconduct problems that he had while he was in the navy, which the navy, you would think might know about. none of his known and documented mental health issues, none of his weapons charges, nothing. nothing happened. and now less than six weeks after newport, rhode island police called the navy to tell them they had a guy on their hands who thought he was being screamed at through the microwave, six weeks after utterly -- 12 people are dead and so is he. and now here is tonight's lead on "the washington post's" main story. the headline is, broad review of government security check system launched. revelations that aaron alexis was twice able to pass the government's security check system despite a history of arrests, mental illness and shooting incidents has now triggered a discussion into how background checks are conducted. the system already under scrutiny in the wake of nsa contractor edward snowden's leaks of classified information. remember, ed snowden was also a military contractor. there are 4.9 million people who hold security clearances in our country. that's according to the director of national intelligence. and you'll remember, director of national intellegence is a job we didn't used to v but which do now, the hugely expanded world of intelligence makes up a huge number of those security clearances, especially for contractors like edward snowden. but the bigger bun is defense. as compared with the rest of our government and the budget that's spent on it and the proportion of its work that is done by contractors. so much of what we do in national security now is done by contractors, that you know who has the job of deciding whether or not contractors get security clearances? you know who has that job? contractors. contractors clear other contractors in terms of their security clearances. a private firm apparently called first advantage, checked out aaron alexis as recently as july for his clearance, despite the arrests, the weapons charges, the shooting incidents, the mental health issues, he apparently came up clean, got his pass, got his contractor job, got into the navy yard and presumably did what the voices in his head told him to. if our national security state is too big to run well, then it is too big to run. edward snowden only stole secrets. aaron alexis stole a dozen like lives. what's next? more pills? seriously? seriously. 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that caused consternation around iowa and around the world. iowa legislators and the governor feel now about their guns for the blind law getting all this attention. and it turns out, they don't even really remember doing it. quote, some iowa law makers now say they were confused about or can't recall their specific intentions when they voted to approve a law that grants blind people permits to carry guns in public. that's one group in iowa, one group that's confused that they did this or don't remember doing it. their efforts to fix these loopholes were, quote, unsuccessful. so that's group two. they knew something was wrong but they did it anyway. the law did pass. there are now blind people getting gun permits in iowa. and there is a third faction in terms of how lawmakers feel about this. and this third faction includes iowa governor stone branston. that third sanction says the law is working just fine and no changes are needed. all sides, though, agree on one thing, there's little chance that serious consideration will be given to changing iowa's gun permit law. so some people did think it was problematic to give blind people gun permits. they tried to fix the law, but it didn't work. some people think it's fine to give blind people permits, including the state's republican governor. some people cannot even remember doing this or they find the entire thing confusing. we give blind people guns? we voted for that? i don't even really remember that. those are the three groups, but all of those groups definitely agree that this definitely will not be fixed in iowa. while the thing gun thing has gotten a lot of attention from comics and others who marvel at things like this about our country. but the iowa sheriff's who objected had to give gun permits to -- the same law has required them to okay gun permits also for registered sex offenders. people who are convicted of sex crimes who are banned from whole swabs of public and private activity that's considered to be too dangerous, too threatening for somebody who's a sex offender, but they can now carry guns in public. the blind thing is not getting fixed and neither is the sex offender thing, none of this is going to be fixed in iowa. this is similar to the situation they're facing right no indiana in october of last year, republican governor bobby jindal was very happy to make a case for an nra amendment in louisiana, a fundamental right in the legal sense and that sounds awesome, right? the constitutional amendment was supported by the governor, it passed. turns out, though, it has the practical affect of basically nullifying or at least putting at risk, all laws related to guns in the whole state of louisiana. including those they did not want to get rid of. if you are a convicted felon, you're not supposed to have a gun. most people don't have a problem with that law. even the gun rights lobbyists are not out there saying more guns for murderers, more guns for convicted rapists, it doesn't sound good. but this law sayd if you are a rapist or a murderer you ought to be able to have a gun, the louisiana law that says a felon shouldn't have a gun was struck down by a lower court judge because of this new constitutional amendment written by the nra and supported by bobby jindal. governor bobby jindal says he doesn't want convicted felons to buy guns. he's not in favor of murderers and rapists getting guns. he says it was all a misunderstanding. he said he didn't know this constitutional amendment might do this to his state. now the chips are falling where they may. in north carolina last night in north carolina last night the winston-salem city council voted to change it's local laws to allow guns on winston-salem's city play grounds. they don't want it, but a new state law signed in july by the republican governor in north carolina same day he signed the state's new abortion restrictions, signed another law that day that basically forces every city and town in the state of north carolina to allow guns on their playgrounds, even if they do not want to, even if they do not think it is right for their city or towns. state republicans are forcing them to with this new state law. north carolina is about to enact a new state law basically banning gun buy backs. they'll offer some sort of cash payment or maybe a gift card or a bag of groceries or something as a sort of gun amnesty. so if you have a gun laying around, if there's some gun in your life that for some reason you do not want, at one of these buy backs, you can hand it over to is local authorities. maybe you get something in return, maybe you don't and they just agree to take it no questions asked. but it's a way for local law enforcement to get unwanted guns off the street. the new law that's about to go into effect in north dakota, blocks local law enforcement from taking guns off the street with these kinds of programs. they are no longer allowed to destroy the guns they collect. they are allowed to sell them to local gun shops so more people can buy them, they go back into circulation, back out on the streets, right? but the point is, they have to be put back in circulation, so they are not off the street. because any local community who thinks it's got too many guns on the streets and wants to remove them, they are now banned from doing that in arizona and now in north carolina. and that's pretty much how things have been going in the country, ever since the sandy hook elementary school massacre in newtown, connecticut last year. pro gun laws gain ground. within six months of newtown, yes, five states did pass laws strengthening some gun restrictions, but twice that many states passed laws weakening gun control. republicans have long advocated making it easier for some people to get guns. but their ability to do that in states they control have actually been accelerated by the murder of those first graders in newtown, since then there's been five other mass shootings, yesterdays was the fifth. santa monica college, four dead, manchester, illinois five dead, including two kids plus the gunman. and federal way washington, herkimer, four people shot plus the gunman. those are all since sandy hook. before newtown, it was accent signing systems in minneapolis. seven dead, kbvr that, it was the -- before that it was that seattle cafe, six dead, oiko university, in oakland, california, seven dead. the ihop mass shooting in carson city nevada, before that, five dead. in tucson, the gabby giffords shooting, six dead. and, and, and, and. the fbi definition of mass murder in which a killer takes four other people's lives, whether or not the killer takes his own life in the incident. most of those i just mentioned are not famous. whenever there is one that is shocking enough or big enough to be famous, it rises close to becoming a policy matter, close enough to becoming a policy matter that leaders do get asked about. after yesterday's mass hooting which the fbi says was committed by a young man who was acting alone. after that one, that one is big enough and famous enough to rise to the level that our leaders get asked about it. president obama was asked about it today. he was asked whether we should stop hoping whether this kind of thing will ever get any better. >> are we condemned to live in a country where massacres are just part and parcel of our daily existence? >> we don't have to be. and the overwhelming majority of the american people understand that there's some common sense gun safety laws that we can put in place that could prevent some of this tragedy from happening. it's not going to prevent all violence, it's not going to prevent all gun violence. but initial reports indicate that this is an individual who may have had some mental health problems, the fact that we do not have a firm enough background check system is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings. >> the president speaking tonight on telemundo. the last effort to strengthen the gun laws after newtown did not pass. senator harry reid said it would not have the votes to pass if it came up now. senator joe manchin said he would bring up that legislation or something similar to it if he had any hope. that said, one republican senator, the appointed senator from south carolina, tim scott, did tell john stanton of busby today said i do understand that this person from the navy incident suffered from mental illness. perhaps we will have an opportunity to look at that. perhaps the fifth mass killing since the one in december will be the difference. so far what's happened is that the democrats hearing on stand your ground laws and gun violence, that was put up for a day because of the massacre at the navy yard. but texas governor rick perry's simultaneous photo-op of him touring a gun factory in maryland, that was not put off. but it is very frequently inappropriate, it is very frequently the wrong tragic moment to discuss gun violence. because that's something we have to be really sensitive about and not talk about too much. joining us now is john stanton, washington bureau chief at buzz feed. thank you for being here tonight. you had a piece in buzz feed today, talking with members of congress about the prospect of their being any national policy response to this latest gun massacre, it seems like the answer is basically no, or is it thoroughly no? >> i think it's thoroughly no. i think republicans have more of a chance of abandoning attempts to re -- >> when tim scott told you that there maybe is an opportunity to do something on mental illness, what do you think he meant? >> well, i think he was talking about, there is this narrow possibility that the parts of the manchin/tomby bill, there is a chance they may be able to broker a deal there. harry reid said he will bring up that narrow piece of it. there are some republicans out there that believe this is an issue that needs to be addressed. at the same time, i'm not sure that will last very long. shortly after sandy hook, there were lots of republicans that made some sorts of noises about maybe being open to some kind of expanded back ground check or strengthened background check and they quickly backed off on that. if republicans feel pressure and if democrats are unable to feel pressure on them, which is sort of what's happening now, you can see that momentum would operate very, very quickly. >> do you see any possibility in washington that we're actually going to move backward toward more lax gun laws than we did in the united states. i'm struck by the fact that everybody seems impressed that we had a handful of blue states and in the case of colorado, sort of a purple state, move toward sort of senseless gun legislation, gun reforms after sandy hook. but twice as many states moved in the opposite direction. do you see any indications that federally they'll move in the opposite direction? >> i don't think that the democrats in the senate would agree to any of that and president obama would veto any bill and that would be no chance of -- the federal government not doing anything is sort of enough at this point for them. they can pull back these laws to the state level, so long as the federal government isn't stepping in, that is essentially a weakening of the law in and of itself for them. as long as they have the status quo in washington, they're winning that sort of battle. >> john stanton, washington bureau chief for buzzfeed. thank you for your time tonight, john. >>> just ahead on the interview tonight, nasa space shuttle commander, husband of gabby giffords, mark kelley will be joining us, stay with us. you work. and you want to get an mba. but going back to school is hard... because you work. now, capella university offers a revolutionary new way to get your degree. it's called flexpath and it's the most direct path, leveraging what you've learned on the job and focusing on what you need to know so you can get a degree at your pace. and graduate at the speed of you. flexpath from capella university learn more at capella.edu how can i be a more fun mom? 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i wanted to buy that colt .45 that was here. >> two important things. >> are you under indictment for a felony? have you every been convicted of a felony, no? are you a fugitive? are you an unlawful user connected to marijuana? are you subject to a court restraining order? no, have you been convicted of any court of any misdemeanor for domestic violence. no. >> okay, appreciate it. thank you. >> five minutes and 36 seconds, that is how long mark kelley spent in that arizona gun store waiting for his background check so he could bring home a new gun and show it to his wife, former arizona congresswoman gabby giffords. two years ago today after the mass shooting in tucson, gabby giffords and mark kelley announced that they were forming a new organization. a nonprofit and a superpac called americans for responsible solutions. founded on the principle that it is okay to use guns and support gun rights while also changing policy to try to combat the misuse of guns. they started that group in january, two years after gabby giffords was shot. since then they have been on the road for their cause. they began by testifying before a u.s. senate committee, pushing for background checks. over the summer, they took their case to seven states in seven days, sort of a whistle stop tour, that included mark kelley going through another background check. making the point that you can be gun owners, even gun enthusiasts and still support reforms for gun safety. they also stopped at a shooting range, where congressman giffords fired a gun herself for the first time she was shot and so grievously wounded in 2007. she can no longer fire with her right hand, but seems to go okay with her left one. the debate of -- people who hate guns versus people who love guns. that's the way the beltway media casts the debate most often. that's the way that both sides like to pose the reform. but that is not how the debate is cast for people who are on the side of the debate that want gun reform. last year mark kelley called on new jersey governor chris christie for universal background checks in new jersey. the former native tells the governor of new jersey i would like to think we share in the belief that we must fight gun violence and also -- mark kelley and gabby giffords did not get much of what they wanted from the governor. the governor suggested it, the legislature passed it, but when it got to chris christie's desk, he changed his mind and decided to veto it. but however many roads end that way in this debate. however difficult it is and however many set backs there, there's also a -- the newtown parents, the newtown action alliance, 40 meetings scheduled, talking to anyone who will talk to them in congress, not giving up. yesterday the debate thrust back upon us, again, by another mass shooting, the fifth one since newtown. something like the 14th since congresswoman giffords was shot in that mass shooting in tucson. and gabby giffords and mark kelley were back again, crossing the lines of this debate. if you had another mass killing in america. captain kelly writing, gabby and i are holding the victims of today's massacre at the washington navy yard in our prayers and we know that will -- as the hours and days pass, americans should match their anger and sadness with gratitude for the sailors, marines, police and first responders who are acting with courage today. gabby and i have been there. in times like this it is the ultimate affirmation to have a nation behind you. and as proud members of the navy family, we take note of the tragic fact that this terrible attack on men and women who dedicate themselves to keeping america safe did not occur in a war overseas, but in a mass shooting here at home. captain mark kelley joins us live for the interview next. i got this. 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[ male announcer ] look for the easy-open red arthritis cap. >>> the atf background chk form. >> is this the kind of thing you think folks at gun shows -- >> it doesn't take long to fill out? >> we'll hope he passes. >> this is the moment of truth. >> it took how long? >> that long. >> congratulations. >> congratulations. that was mark kelley, advocate for gun safety reforms, buying a gun in new hampshire this summer. demonstrating his belief that as a gun owner, going through a background check ask not too much to ask. joining us tonight is captain mark kelley, he is the husband of former congresswoman gab yell giffords. captain kelley, thank you very much for being here. >> you're welcome, rachel. >> you've obviously served as an astronaut and an aviator in the navy. i want to ask you what you thought about yesterday's shooting at the navy yard in d.c. >> i served in the navy for 25 years and to see something like that happen to your navy family, that really hurts. also, it's about a block from where gabby lived in washington, d.c. there seems to be so many of these mass shootings that they can touch people, multiple ones can touch people in different ways. she lived very close to where that building was. >> one of the things we have been trying to make sense of statistically in trying to understand this problem in our country, is why it seems like we're getting increased frequency of those mass shootings. they have existed to a certain extent. but in the last few years, mass shootings have taken place and very large scale mass shootings. do you have any insight as to why we're having more of these than we used to? >> mental health and the roll back of mental health care in this country certainly has to be part of it you. pointed out that we have had more mass shootings i think since 2007, when you think of shootings that included 12 or more people, so a higher number, 12 of them have occurred in the last six years. we have seen an increase, it's substantial and it's something that we really need to address. we need to have an honest conversation about why this is happening. we need to look at the data and the metrics like we do at nasa when we have a problem. we follow the date to an answer. we haven't done that with this issue and we have got to stop yelling past each other and we need to come up with some common sense solutions. >> we spoke with john stanton who's the washington bureau chief for buzz feed on earlier today, he had on the surface some very depressing reporting, but also some very provocative reporting today with some senators about whether there could be new national policy to address mass shootings and gun violence. he came up with some results that seem very pessimistic, in terms of producing traditional gun control type measures. it seems like there's a little bit of a ray of hope on mental health issues. maybe in a way that might be less of a hot button, particularly for republican senators? what do you think about that. >> there should be and our organization has been working with congressional staffs and members of the senate and the house as well on this. i mean the mental health piece of this needs to be addressed. it could be addressed separately from the larger issue like background checks or magazine size. i mean we need to have conversations about both of those. but i think, you know, especially after -- in the case of what happened at the navy yard, when you have another shooter that clearly had some mental health issues, we need to address that, and we should do it now. we have got to stop just shouts past each other on this issue like we do on so many others. >> on the issue of the character of the debate, which you just referenced there, you and your wife have done a lot in your advocacy, especially over this past few months to try to, i think get rid of this false sense that you're either a gun owner or a gun grabber, that you're either a gun lover and you don't want any restrictions or you're a gun hater and you want everyone's guns taken away. what do you think people need to understand about the falseness of that divide? >> well, i think people, you know, everybody should understand that most gun owners like gabby and i are responsible people, we often get a back ground check and in some cases, some people who buy from gun shows do not get background checks. what i worry about, rachel, is that when we have one mass shooting after the next, i mean we're just nine months since newtown where we had 20 first graders murdered in their classrooms, the national response has been nothing. and then we have had a couple more mass shootings since, including what happened at the navy yard. you know i think it puts responsible gun owners in a really bad position. and in this country, i think upwards of 65% of the people do not own guns and they're going to start thinking badly about all gun owners. so i would hope that the gun lobby, including the nra at some point would see this and see that, you know, there is -- you know, we can have it both ways. people can enjoy their second amendment rights and at the same time, we can keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. and we need to have that conversation. >> captain mark kelly, co-founder of the gun safety group, americans for responsible solutions. thank you for your time tonight, i know you don't accept a ton of interview requests and i thank you for your presence tonight. >> thank you very much, rachel. license and registration please. what's this? 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Sep 17, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. ♪ >>> the fbi says it will be investigate every lead and look for any information on aaron alexis, the gunman who opened fire at the washington navy yard. the 34-year-old is the only suspect in the attack. the focus today his final tracks and tracking the weapons he used to skill 12 people. mike viqueira joins me now from the washington navy yard, where the search for a motive continues. mike, tell us what you learned today. >> today officials say that aaron alexis used an active legitimate hard pass credential to enter the navy yard, ultimately walking into building 197, and using a shotgun that he legally obtained in nearby northern washington, embarking on this murderous rampage. it turned out it was an extended confrontation with security and law enforcement personnel within that building, building 197, home to the navy sea systems command. kathy lanier described the shoot out. >> i can tell you there was multiple engagements with the suspect with multiple different agencies before the final shots were fired, and i would say there was a pretty good period of time with multiple enga
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Sep 16, 2013 2:00pm PDT
suspect is dead and he is 34-year-old aaron alexis from fort worth. they aren't sure if a second gunman is on the loose but they are looking for someone that may have involvement. we have reaction from the president and more. we start with rick leventhal at the press conference which i hear just wrapped up. go ahead, rick, what did we learn? >> reporter: eric, minutes ago, the mayor of the city, the police chief and special agent in charge of the fbi office in washington, d.c. giving us details. he went over some of the headlines. we confirmed the identity of the shooter as aaron alexis. they wouldn't give us much information about him, but jennifer griffin at the pentagon confirms he was in fact an enlisted member of the u.s. navy. apparently he no longer is, and we're trying to confirm, find out how he got on the base. we do now have a total of 13 dead, including the shooter, and at least a dozen hurt. some of them wounded, some just hurt in the chaos that unfolded at the washington navy yard earlier today. there are, there were two other possible suspects, one cleared by autho
CBS
Sep 20, 2013 6:00pm EDT
background checks and security clearances.rances aaron alexis had a security clearance despite the state oft his mental health. that clearance allowed him into building 197 where he opened fire killing 12 people. a computerized record of 911 calls, and radio traffic at at the navy yard is revealing, aing minute by minute account,cot, obtained by fox 5, suggests that the shooting and search for aaron alex see alexis went on f0 minutes. >> maureen, the fbi has released little information on exactly houk, aaron alexis terrorized people inside of the building 197. >> reporter: workers in theorkr building were sharing sh information on the shooter and the shots fired with 911 and hiding wherever they could. when aaron alexis opened fire on the 4th floor of building 197 at 8:20 on monday morning, 911 dispatchers began receiving frantic calls.franti the subject is reloading outside of the door, room 3 west, 2830 says one caller. another one says heard ten shotn inside of building. the third says female can hear someone yelling don't shoot. there were also descriptions of the gunman with o
CNN
Sep 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
says aaron alexis had trouble sleeping in recent years, was hearing voices in his head. law enforcement sources say he made contact with two v.a. hospitals for psychological issues. a defense department official says alexis had eight instances of misconduct in the navy before his honorable discharge in 2011. police records say he had three arrests between 2004 and 2010, one for disorderly conduct, two for gun-related offenses, including an incident when he fired two shots into the tires of a construction worker's car in seattle. >> an arrest for gun violations should have disqualified him. >> reporter: disqualified him from getting a secret security clearance, according to sheldon cohen, an attorney who specializes in that. cohen and other attorneys say a private firm does background checks on civilian contractors for the government's office of personnel management. opm checks the information, cohen says, then passes it to the defense department. there's one office in d.o.d. that then determines whether someone gets the kind of security clearance alexis had. cohen says somew
NBC
Sep 17, 2013 4:00am PDT
washington and the nation mourn another horrific scene. the shooter, aaron alexis is among the dead. why did he do it? how did he get into a secure military facility? >>> plus, torrential rainsnd devastating floods continue to wreak havoc in colorado and new mexico. "early today" starts right now. >>> very good morning to you. i'm richard lui. we'll show you live pictures of the capitol and the white house this morning where flags are flying half-staff. it's been almost 4 hours since the mass shooting in washington, d.c. and we're still getting new details on the tragedy. now 7:00 a.m. local time. it was in washington's navy yard just a little more than a mile from capitol hill which we just showed you at least 12 are dead and eight others injured. officials late monday revealing the alleged shooter had legitimate access to the navy yard. a shelter in place now lifted in the surrounding neighborhood. >> we feel comfortable right now we've exhausted all means to eliminate that possible last suspect, so we do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the
Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 8:00am EDT
yard shooting. authorities say that suspected gunman aaron alexis had a history of anger and psychological problems. he was arrested twice on gun charges, once in fort worth, texas and again in seattle. he wasn't charged in either case, and there are also reports that alexis was treated a number of times for psychological issues at a veterans affair hospital in new england. the f.b.i. now says that the 34-year-old acts alone. he opened fire inside the navy yard around 8:00 a.m., killing 12 and injuring eight. that's before dying in a police shootout. so far, authorities haven't revealed a motive for the crime. at the white house, president obama ordered flags to fly at half staff in remembrance of the shooting victims. we have more on the nation's latest mass shooting. >> trying to make sense of the unthinkable, investigators and city leaders are still looking for answers and information this morning about 34-year-old aaron alexis, the gunman who shot and killed 12 people and injured eight others at the washington navy yard on monday. >> we don't know the motive. we were aske
MSNBC
Sep 17, 2013 1:00am PDT
apparent shooter in the incident who died at the scene. his name is aaron alexis, 34 years old. he served just under four years in the navy reserves. he left the service in january 2011. he never served on active duty. his last posting was in ft. worth, texas, at the naval air station there, a couple years ago. local reporting indicated that he subsequently worked as a waiter at a thai restaurant near the naval air station in ft. worth. sources tell nbc news that he had recently started work as a civilian defense contractor. at this point, it is only becoming clearer now, we're only getting late details tonight as to whether or not that job as a contractor gave him ties specifically to the navy yard facility where the shooting happened now. throughout this story, the lines are blurred between civilian and military. obviously, this is a military facility where this happened, but many, if not most, of the victims appear to have been civilians. navy yard is a relatively secure naval facility with a perimeter fence and marine guards, but it has many civilian workers, home to the nation
FOX News
Sep 16, 2013 4:00pm PDT
who died. 34-year-old aaron alexis, a former navy reservist. reports he may have gotten into that navy yard by using somebody else's identification. the shooting happened 8:00 this morning eastern. one survivor says she was getting breakfast at the cafeteria when she heard gunshots. >> just like pow pow pow, and then a few seconds it stopped and then pow pow pow pow, so, we just ran. >> heard two gunshots? i looked in the direction where the gunshots were coming from. i looked down and the guy next to me standing talking to me was down in front of me on the ground. >> he was far enough down the hall that we couldn't see his face and we saw him with a rifle and fired and raised. >> people were shoving and falling down. after we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get out over the wall to get out of spaces. it was just crazy. >> some survivors also ran up the stairs to the roof: we watched together on fox news as helicopters air lifted people one by one from the top of that building. president obama says his thoughts and prayers are with the victims as ed henry men
CNN
Sep 16, 2013 5:00pm PDT
has been identified, as you know, as aaron alexis. a private contractor and former navy reservist with a troubled military career and two gun-related brushes with the law. how he was able to become a contractor is unclear and one question we are learning tonight. we are learning almost by the minute, his recent movements, what friends and acquaintances thought of him. tonight we are learning as well about the heros who save lives and how minute by minute this tragedy unfolded. randi kaye takes us through this terrible moment. >> reporter: 8:20 a.m. inside building 197, shots fired. it's the middle of the morning commute and suddenly everyone inside the washington navy ship yard is on high alert. >> as he came around the corner, he aimed his gun at us. he fired at least two or three shots. we ran down the stairs to get out of the building. >> he was far enough down the hall, we could see his face. he raised high and hit high on the wall at us just as we were trying to leave. >> reporter: metropolitan police, u.s. marshals and the fbi immediately respond to the scene. they have no i
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 9:00pm EDT
washington, d.c. left 13 dead including the shooter. the gunman was a navy contractor, aaron alexis, 31 years old. the d.c. police have not ruled out if anyone else was involved. initially it was thought that two people were helping the gunman. now there is a further assessment. the united nations says it has concluded chemical weapons were used in syria. the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon announced, stopped short of placing the blame on bashar al-assad regime. at least seven people are dead, thousands of homes are damaged. areas that are cut off by washed out roads and improving weather today, meant rescue crews were able to resume their efforts after heavy rain grounded helicopters. america tonight is up next and remember you can always get the latest at aljazeera.com. >> an america tonight special report. the d.c. naval yard shooting. just a short distance from the nation'nation's capitol, gun fia frantic search for answer he. and in our special coverage a look at the gunman and also ahead reopening the debate. >> we are confronting another mass shooting. >> another mass killing
MSNBC
Sep 17, 2013 2:00am PDT
another horrific scene. the shooter, aaron alexis is among the dead. why did he do it. >>> torrential rains and devastating floods continue to wreak havoc in colorado and new mexico. >>> good morning. the nation is reeling from yet another deadly mass shooting, this time inside the nation's navy yard more than a mile from the capital. officials late monday revealed the alleged shooter had legitimate access to the navy yard. a shelter in place is lifted. >> we feel comfortable that we have exhausted all needs to eliminate the possible last suspect. we feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life. >> we will have more on that suspect, aaron alexis, in just a moment. this incident joins the shootings in fort hood, texas and aurora, colorado in size and death toll. jim miklaszewski has more. >> reporter: morning rush hour in the nation's capitol pierced by the wail of sirens. 8:15, the first reports that a gunman is on a shooting rampage at the navy yard. >> we have a report on the fourth floor, a male with a shotgun, multiple shots fired. >> p
ABC
Sep 18, 2013 5:00am PDT
authorities tell abc7 news that aaron alexis was a ticking time bomb on a final decent into madness. no one connected the dots. on august 7, aaron alexis called the newport police in rhode island with a story documented in a police report obtained by abc7 news describing a confrontation with an unidentified person would sent three people to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations to his body through a microwave machine. sources say that aaron alexis sought help from v.a. hospitals in rhode island and washington, dc, for insomnia but will not discuss his mental state. >> i cannot comment. >> two days before the navy yard rampage, he visited a gun store and firing range in virginia. eyewitnesses are describing a determined killer, with a man were watching the suspect murder six of his friends. >> i popped my head up and i saw him pointing his gun at my friend and...he shot her. ♪ and the home of the brave, of the brave ♪ >> a day after the shooting, washington, dc paused to remember the 12 people who died. one of the victims was 52-year-old veteran of th
FOX
Sep 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
yard employees were gunned down that day. the shooter aaron alexis was also killed. the report from washington, the fbi released new clues about the killer's motive. >> reporter: just released surveillance video shows navy yard shooter aaron alexis stocking a hallway. the fbi says aaron alexis was prepared to die when he went to the base september 16. you can see him sneaking around corners, ready to shoot anyone as he moved about. the fbi is giving osfirst look at -- giving us a first look at etching on his gun. better off this way, this is my elf weapon. the fbi said aaron alexis was delusional. believing people were controlling his mind. >> to be perfectly honest that is what drew me to this. >> he shot and killed 12 people before law enforcement killed him. authorities said he had a pass on to the base. video shows his car pulling into the garage at the base. after the shooting here at the navy yard, u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said warning signs may have been missed when checking the background of aaron alexis. he order a review world wide. >> we need to know how an empl
Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 12:00am EDT
began firing. help came quickly but authorities say 34-year-old aaron alexis, a military reservist himself, gunned down 12 others, it took pretty much all day to make sure everyone was out clear and safe. america tonight's laurie jane gliha has been out, most of the day. laurie what is the latest you can bring us? >> well, joie, they are still trying to identify another person of interest in this. they are not sure what connection he may or may not have to the shooter, they're describing him as a black man in his 50s who earlier today was wearing an olive drab uniform. they are definitely trying to figure out who he is. they are also looking for people to go to the fbi website, they have placed a photograph of aaron alexis on their website and they're inviting anyone who has had contact with him over the last few days to contact them. they are trying to establish a time line and still look for amotive. joie, this was very chaotic, the shooting happened around 8:30 or shortly thereafter. a lot of them had practice for this for years, in emergency lock down, this wasn't a drill, it w
CBS
Sep 17, 2013 4:00am PDT
-year-old aaron alexis was a defense industry employee and former navy reservist. investigators say he was killed during a running gun battle with police. police say alexis killed 12 people, seven of them have been identified. all were civilians ranging in age from 46 to 73. three others have been shot and wounded but are expected to live. at the white house, pushing gun control measures, is lamenting another mass shooting. >> we are confronting yet another mass shooting. and today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital. >> the fbi has taken over the investigation and susan mcginnis is outside the navy yard. susan, good morning. >> reporter: anne-marie, good morning. the investigation continues this morning into a motive for this horrific shooting yesterday, carried out by one of the military's own. aaron alexis used his own pass to get on to the navy yard here, and an ar-15 is one of the assault rifles he had with him when he started shooting. the investigation into monday's deadly shooting on a navy base continues through the night. the question remains unansw
PBS
Sep 22, 2013 3:30pm PDT
military complex. the oldest naval installation in the nation. the shooter aaron alexis was himself shot dead by the police. aaron alexis had legal access to the compound where he was working on a project. the family said he had a decade long history of mental illness and received treatment from the va. also he had an arrest record for two shootings. in seattle he shot out a man's tires in rage. in texas three years ago he shot a gun inside his apartment at the ceiling. after this shooting aaron alexis raise arrested and discharged from the armed forces but he went to work for a subcontractor at hewlett- packard and servicing the military. he experienced a disturbing episode that drew the police. aaron alexis told officers according to the report he was hearing voices. and that a kind of microwave machine was sending vibrations into his body. the police sarge wouldn't reported the incident said -- sergeant who reported the said aaron alexis was hearing voices. but this information was never passed up the chain of command. u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said if red flags were rai
MSNBC
Sep 17, 2013 2:30am PDT
about aaron alexis and the shooting at the washington naval yard. we'll put it all together for you and look at what's next in the investigation. >>> also in colorado, the numbers are getting worse. and hopefully today the news flow will get better out of bowl boulder. >> and cool time lapsed video of the entire process that cost about $800 million. this is "way too early". good morning, everybody. a little later we will actually bring and you compilation of eyewitness accounts of what happened in washington. but first i want to get you updated on the story. this morning we're learning more about how a lone gunman went on a deadly shooting rampage. 12 were killed, 13 if you include the alleged shooter. aaron alexis killed in a shoot-out with officers was a formal naval reservist in texas. he moved to d.c. recently to work as a civilian contractor with a company called the sgerpts. he was reportedly working as a subcontractor on a hewlett-packard project changing out equipment on an intranet site. according to the nbc affiliate in washington, the fbi searched a hotel last night where
Univision
Sep 26, 2013 6:00am EDT
fue el Único mensaje que aaron alexis dejo y es que en el arma utilizada para cometer los asesinatos grabÓ mensajes .. "poner fin a la tortura" " no es lo que ustedes dicen" " mejor de esta manera y " mi arma elf que autoridades creen significa " frecuencia extremadamente baja " el fbi tambiÉn revelo que antes de el tiroteo alexis habÍa tenido un altercado con sus compaÑeros de trabajo " como parte de nuestra investigaciÓn entrevistamos a sus compaÑeros de trabajo y supervisores quienes afirmaron haber tenido una discusiÓn relacionada a su desempeÑo laboral momentos antes del tiroteo .. pero no hay ninguna indicaciÓn que esto fue lo que desato lo que estaba por venir." la pesadilla que vivieron quienes presenciaron este ataque termino cuando oficiales le quitaron la vida a alexis en el tercer piso del edificio 197, esto despuÉs de un fuego cruzado con las autoridades. cerca de su cuerpo encontraron una pistola semiautomÁtica de 9 milimetros que pertenecÍa a uno de los guardias de seguridad que habÍa matado previamente alexis llegÓ al Área metropolitana el pasado 25 de
ABC
Sep 17, 2013 11:00am PDT
, dc. there is a victim with a connection to the bay area. >> 34-year-old aaron alexis received an honorable discharge despite misconduct changes during the three years in the navy. he was starting an i.t. job at the navy yard that gave him access. among the 12 victims was a 2010 graduate of the stanford graduate school of business the father of to boys and a veteran who worked in logistics. across the nation flags are at half staff. now to washington, dc, with the latest. >> hello from washington's navy yard where people have been coming and going all day. the essential workers are back on the job. across washington, all day, people have been taking a moment to on the victims. >> across washington today, people paid their respects to the victims of the washington navy yard shooting at the navy memorial, defend secretary hagel and other top brass layed a week. >> moments of silence in the washington national baseball game looks from the navy yard. in the united states senate, as well the among the 12 who died, 51-year-old arthur daniels, a grandfather of nine, and kenneth procter,
CBS
Sep 17, 2013 5:00pm PDT
vallejo. >>> investigators say aaron alexis suffered from serious mental illness and the military veteran was the only suspect in yesterday's sheeting rampage. but the big question everyone is asking is why did he difficult cbs reporter danielle nottingham in washington, d.c. with what investigators are finding tonight. danielle. >> reporter: good evening, liz. the fbi is still having the public for information about aaron alexis. as you mentioned, authorities said he had a history of mental health issues and behave your problems, but some coworkers say he was friendly. >> investigators towed away the prius aaron alexis drove. they want to find out what motivated him to open fire and kill 12 people. >> investigators do know aaron alexis was working as early part contractor at the navy yard complex. he arrived in thec area around august 5th, and cleared security with his own id. the secretary of the navy has ordered a rapid review of security procedures here and all other navy and marine core installations. police say alexis used a shotgun he purchased from a gun shop, and a handgu
NBC
Sep 26, 2013 4:00am EDT
video of an armed aaron alexis inside the navy yard. these are the eerie moments before he allegedly went on a rampage. you can see alexis creeping downstair cases armed with a shotgun and stalking through hallways. his shotgun had four messages etched into it including my elf effort. the fbi says that may refer to extremely low frequency waves. he left a document saying ultralow frequency attack is what i've been subject to for the last three months. meanwhile nra executive vice president wayne lapierre says aaron alexis should have been committed. he said the second amendment has never been more relevant for americans. firearms are increasingly essential to the safety of our family and our nation. >>> to one of the biggest comebacks in sports history. kurt gregory has more on the finish. >> reporter: the america's cup will stay in america. >> the comeback of 2013 is complete. >> reporter: skipper jimmy of oracle team usa and his ten man crew who just a week ago trailed eight races to one, one race away from losing the most prestigious prize mounted one of the greatest comebacks in
Univision
Sep 25, 2013 6:00pm EDT
..lilian mass nos tiene los detalles.. segÚn el fbi aaron alexis, responsable del tiroteo en la base naval de washington dc la semana pasada fue impulsado por ideas delirantes de que estaba siendo controlado por ondas de radio de baja frecuencia . impactantes videos muestran como alexis actÚo solo y deliberadame nte.. "en la maÑana del lunes 16 de septiembre alexis llego al estacionamiento de la base naval a la 7:53 am . su tarjeta de identificaciÓn era legitima. en el curso de una hora despuÉs de haber llegado este individuo mato a 12 personas y dejo otras 4 heridas autoridades concluyeron de que alexis sufrÍa de problemas mentales esto basados en mensajes encontrados en la internet y en diferentes aparatos electrÓnicos que habÍa dejado en esta mochila en uno de los baÑos de la base naval." he estado sometido por Últimos 3 meses a un a ataque de ultra baja frecuencia , y para ser honesto, eso es lo que me ha llevado a cometer esto" pero ese no fue el Único mensaje que aaron alexis dejo y es que en el arma utilizada para cometer los asesinatos grabÓ mensajes .. "poner fin
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